Mangaluru: Smart City engineers overlook commoners - Road crossing turns dangerous


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP/ANK)

Mangaluru, Sep 23: The city is wearing a new look, thanks to the Smart City works. However, the engineers who prepared the plans seem to have failed to take into account the convenience of the road users.

The road from the clock tower, A B Shetty circle, Rao & Rao circle, Hampankatta road and the road from Marnamikatte to Mangaladevi are being developed into four lane roads under the Smart City project. Dividers on these roads have been removed and one way traffic has been enforced. However, many predict that this arrangement will give rise to chaos and major disasters in the days to come.

College, PWD, health department, forest department, transport department, office of the police commissioner, office of the deputy commissioner etc are located between clock tower and Rao & Rao circle. Thousands of people visit this area for various purposes. Now, crossing the roads has become a huge challenge for the common people. The road between Marnamikatte and Mangaladevi too has dense traffic because of the presence of school, market, temple and residential areas. As these roads have been widened and dividers have been erected, crossing them has become a herculean task.

Due to the removal of the divider, the roads are very wide. It makes it difficult for pedestrians to cross the road. If a person coming from Pandeshwar has to go to Mini Vidhana Soudha, then he has to travel through DC office-Rao & Rao circle-Clock Tower to reach Mini Vidhana Soudha.

Speaking to Daijiworld, former MLA J R Lobo said, “In order to make Mangaluru as a model city, Smart City project was sanctioned. There was a plan to develop tourism and IT sector along with development works to attract investors under the project. It is disheartening to see how the project plan is being implemented. Normal works are being undertaken under Smart City by digging the roads, footpaths which are in good condition.

“The underpass project worth Rs 6-7 crore has been undertaken near Townhall. Is it a right project in that region? In the coming days, the underpass will be a den for beggars and other illegal activities. During my tenure as an MLA, I had planned for a Delhi model over bridge with escalator worth Rs 1.25 crore which could not take off due to documentation works by PWD.

“Will people make use of the underpass? Is the underpass safe at night? Money has been wasted on this project. They could have constructed an overbridge worth Rs 1.25 crore instead of underpass worth Rs 6-7 crore.

“There was no need of removing the divider on Townhall-AB Shetty circle-Rao & Rao circle-Clock Tower stretch. The road was in good condition with divider. What was the need to spend money by removing the divider? Instead, they could have planned any other good projects which could attract investors. We can see roads and footpaths being dug everywhere which are already in good condition,” he said.

A pedestrian, Jabbar Mallur said, “There was no need of removing the median on the Clock Tower-AB Shetty circle stretch. It poses danger while pedestrians cross the road. This is a busy road where government offices operate and people walk on this stretch. The entire plan looks unscientific.”

It is clear that when drafting the Smart City project, the officials concentrated on construction of roads without giving a thought to how the people will cross the roads. On roads where dividers have been removed, the Smart City officials have failed to draw up plans to facilitate people to cross the roads. The people going to government offices, shops, students, and people in general are facing hardships because of the lack of foresight on the part of the planners.

 

 

 

 

  

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  • T.Lobo, Bejai

    Fri, Sep 24 2021

    Yes one is smart not bcoz they think they are smart its rather bcoz think smartly. That is why some nations progress faster than others.

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  • rahulraj, kadri

    Fri, Sep 24 2021

    First of all, as JR Lobo said, overbridge with escalator was a good idea and modern. But it was necessary to improve footpaths which earlier was in bad condition. CBD area redevelopment is very much necessary.

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  • Roger, Palimar

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    To implement smart cities you need smart and real degree holders and reputed companies who have constructed roads with practicality. In this pictures I buses turning from left lane to right on a one way... in reality they should be stopping on the right most lane to pick up passengers and travel on the right lane most lane to another stop. That being said why the bus stops are on left side of one way road??? This shows the smartness and common sense of the engineers.....

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  • Harry Dsouza, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 24 2021

    I agree with you, however it's not possible due to the reservation (quota system)

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  • Marle, Kudla

    Fri, Sep 24 2021

    Agree with both of you! anyone agrees with me

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Lobo said he wanted to make over pass with escallator what were you doing till 5 years back even if after 25 years you would have said i wanted to do that but there was document problem than how the hell did they do underpass and it is in heart of the city and police are patroling every night always trying to find a loophole And if there is a divider that doesnt meant for people to cross and it is one way traffic much needed because of oncoming traffic in two lane from market road to clock tower and footpath is wider which was needed but there are stupid peoples who park on the footpath and for porbus if the milagres church could have given a little part of their land the oneway road near the wenlock would have been wider

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  • Arun Dsouza, Bendurwell

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    The underpass is vanity project with no real benefit for the common man. Waste of hard earned tax payer money.

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Why not?. This is neither Abu Dhabi nor utter Pradesh. This is our Mangalore and we love to see it as developed as well as a safe city.

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Why not?. This is neither Abu Dhabi nor utter Pradesh. This is our Mangalore and we love to see it as developed as well as a safe city.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    This is real effect of brain drain........with fake certificates.

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  • Sandy, Udupi

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Public works are not planned for public necessities or convenience. They are conceived with the only idea of perpetuating transfer of government(taxpayer) funds into private hands. So they will break divider today and then build again tomorrow. Break footpath and build again. Dig up concrete roads and put concrete roads again. With the escalator and over pass only 1.25 crore is spent. Who wants that when you can spend 6-7 crores for underpass!! So what if it becomes a den for nefarious activities, gets flooded or dirty, we will spend some more crores and close it off!!, The present dispensation in govt might even put up a toll for using the underpass!!

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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    All these smart city experts seem to be behaving like jokers. Mohammid bin Tuglak once did such foolish acts. If a person stays near fire brigade, how is he supposed to reach hanmpankatta in a vehicle? He has to drive 1 KM extra? What about a person from State Bank area going to firebrigade? Has he to go to other extrimities like Rosario School and go around to Old kent Road? All these foolish people in smart city think that they are extra smart!!!

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Coincidently, 15th of this month was Engineer's Day.

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  • A hari, Calicut

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Escalator with road over pass is the best solution instead of underpass for pedestrians .underpass is not safe at night.it will be the place for criminals and pickpockets. I think the authorities may have the plan for the growing city in the costal side

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    No wonder Roads & Bridges are getting Cracked ...

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  • RA, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Americans are regretting the choices they made regarding their roadworks and highways and many are wishing they made more pedestrian friendly cities. These "smart" engineers are stuck in the past.

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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    complaints are the new trend nowadays

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Infrastructure in Mangalore is a joke.. no footpath, no signals in divider nor in intersection.. potholes, bad planning altogether.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    No one cares about commoners. Literally impossible to cross the roads without the dividers. Don't understand what kind of smart city we live in. Not smart implementation....No consideration for a commoner.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    All work should be given to all India reputed company. And not like present "LALUU PANJOO" contractors. Congress time also no good contractors were doing the work. That time also local contractors uneducated and illiterate persons. Atleast now smart city team should open their eyes and mind.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    once again proved land of monkeys....ha ha ha..enjoy madi ...puli kali mathu marwai masa..

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  • Anil Vernon, Valencia, Bangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Overhead bridge will solve the problem, now since the roads are ready. Otherwise underpass was the best solution.

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  • D. D'Sa, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    When there is no accountability, this is bound to happen. Are our so called Engineers qualified or just unskilled workers supervised by illiterate Politicians. Tax payers money is lavishly spent. They dig good roads and it takes days to do the patch up work. Why cant these brainless people plan, before concretising a road.

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  • vnayak, Mangalore/Switzerland

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Sometimes one has to wonder if there are real engineers in Mangalore despite all the great engineering colleges. If one looks at all the roadworks, pavements and the fact that there are no proper road crossings for the pedestrians, no traffic lights, no rules for the vehicles to give priority to pedestrians etc etc the answer is a clear no.

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    This is the result of electing uneducated by educated people...

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  • Pili, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Our mestrys, who listen to others ideas, are better planners than these engineers.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Even the erstwhile Hampankatta circle the pedestrians have no zebra crossing. The signal for pedestrians is not aligned. It looks like a mess at the erstwhile Hampankatta circle. The St. Aloysius college road is in a total mess after so many months of slow smart city works. Finally after five long years the S. L. Mathias road at Falnir is motorable but pedestrians have a tough time to walk on the footpath. The work on this road is not completed after five long years.

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  • Prasad, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    It is not St.Alosius Road.Mulki Sundarram Shetty Road

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    You guys were not capable to retain the name of the esteemed Vijaya bank and now talking about road! ಉಂದೆಕ್ಕೆ fit.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    I know it is not St. Aloysius road but it is St. Aloysius College road. By the way what happened to Vijaya bank? Andnow you are after the founder.

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  • vishwadeepak, mangalore/dxb

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    matha ...yenku panambur...engineers.! onjekla...buddi ijji!!malpunaklegla ..malpavnaklegla...!!

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Its not yenku panamboor it was venku panamboor...

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  • vishwadeepak, mangalore/dxb

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    yanla vonji venku ..panamboor!!sorry..

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  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Technology is very good but greedy Globalist elites using it for slavery, decimation and control of humanity ? .... Jesus on Preplanned Advanced Technological Slavery of Humanity by Global Elite using pandemic...in a message to Enoch, dated May 17 2020 ....... "...Remember that the servants of evil are not interested in the health or well-being of humanity; what they seek is to decimate the world’s population...." More at..... http://www.jesusmariasite.org/abstain-to-buy-5g-technology

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  • Shetty, Kudla

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Who cares commoners ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Smart City Engineers took Online Classes ...

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Smart city engineers they never went to smart class, to work on smart city projects.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    They are like feku...might be fake

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  • Sudha, Mangaluru

    Fri, Sep 24 2021

    Yup well said, Feku

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